BRENT has the highest rate of youth unemployment compared to neighbouring boroughs, it has been revealed.
New figures show there are 2,215young people (aged 16 to 24) who are Neets (not in education,employment, or training) the highest number compared to Harrow,Ealing, Barnet, Camden, Hammersmith, Fulham and Westminster.
The figures are for this year and show a rise when compared to 2010.
SamiaBadani, a session supervisor at Brent Citizens Advice Bureau, said: Iam very aware that this is a problem that is getting worse in Brent.
A lot of them are coming out of university and graduating and trying to get a job but they are getting nowhere.
Theykeep being told they need more work experience, so a lot of them arevolunteering just to try and add that to their CVs. We are seeing a lotof people coming in here about this issue. They are disillusioned, theyhave finished their education and they just want to start their workinglives.
Stonebridgecouncillor, Zaffar Van Kalwala (Labour), said he expects his ward to bebadly hit in the near future as a result of youth unemployment andcalled on the Conservative and Lib Dem coalition government to domore.
Mr Kalwala said:Im deeply worried about the future for our young people. Many arestruggling to find jobs with less and less opportunities available.
Thegovernment needs to do more to help young people into jobs. It shouldlook at offering more vocational courses at schools as well asdeveloping apprenticeships in new sectors such as finance, business andthe environment.
Lawgraduate Zahra Mohamed, 24, of Sidmouth Road in Willesden, has beenlooking for work since she finished a post graduate solicitor trainingcourse at The College of Law.
Shesaid: At the moment it just seems so difficult. I have been applyingfor a lot of jobs and they just say that they need more experience inthe workplace.
I have studied for a long time, but it's always the same thing I am being told now,
Iwent to the CAB in Willesden and they have been brilliant. I am nowvolunteering for them two days a week to get the skills I need sohopefully I can get a job.
Unemployed16 to 24-year-olds in Harrow stand at 1,085, less than half the Brentfigure, whereas Ealing follows closely behind Brent, with 2,135youngsters out of work or education.
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